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Since the establishment of civilization was a result of the Neolithic Revolution belief systems have been a means for established orderly ways for groups or individuals to deal with issues of life death and the relationship of mankind to his fellow man Among all those belief systems there have been many multifarious belief systems throughout the course of history These beliefs have developed and progressed from paganistic views to the belief in monotheism Two particular systems are Islam and Christianity These belief systems have been around forever and have helped shape the society and everyday lives of their followers Islam is a monotheistic religion that developed in the Middle Eastin the 7th century CE Islam which literally means surrender or submission was founded on the teaching of the prophet Muhammad as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah the only creator and sustainer of the world and Muhammad is His prophet The sacred text of Islam the Quran contains the teaching of the Prophet that was revealed to him from Allah Essential to Islam is the belief that Allah is the one and true God with no partner or equal Islam has several branches and theres existence of much differences within The two division of the tradition is Sunni and Shia which claims different means of maintenance of religious authority One of the unifying characteristics of Islam is the Five Pillars the fundamental practices These practices include possession of faith prayer almsgiving fasting and hajj the pilgrimage to Makkah Many Muslims are characterized by their commitment to praying five times a day Another characteristic of Islam is the primacy of sacred places including Mecca Medina and Jerusalem Muslims gather at mosques to worship Allah pray and study All of the aspects of a Muslims life are to be oriented in serving Allah there is no sharp distinction Through trade and conquest Islam spread beyond its birthplace in the Arabian peninsulaand now has
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